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The Racism, Inc. mobs are being taken over by the Woke Liberal Woman. As protests for social justice spread, the images of (mostly white) women pressing against metal barriers, shouting shrill, incoherent nonsense at the police increasingly remind me of Frank Costanza in Seinfeld, blowing off his pent-up frustration by yelling “Serenity NOW!” at the sky. But the therapeutic propensities of the outrage mob are nothing more than progressive posturing. The woke kingdom signals allegiance to victimhood rather than the American ideal of liberty and freedom.White guilt

The women we see lashing out at police in front of the White House, at the base of historical monuments, and in the streets next to violent rioters are the older version of their college-age models. Perhaps they majored in Women’s Studies. They attended all the office hours of radical professors who had shrines to Margaret Sanger. Maybe they even went to a Gender Conference to soak up feminist-inclusive wisdom from Gloria Steinem. Now they are soaked in the poisonous lie that they live as oppressed victims of the white patriarchy. And as any good self-indulgent narcissist would act, they took a cause for justice after the murder of George Floyd and turned it into a chance to be the rebellious ‘bad girl’ they cosplayed in college.

After the thorough defeat of their progressive crusader, Hillary Clinton, the Pink Hat brigade needed a new beat to march to and the Black Lives Matter drum hit the right note. They could join another cause that would reinforce their victim identity while claiming a common enemy in President Trump, the white male patriarchy, and America itself. Jennifer Palmieri, Communications Director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign wrote an article for Vanity Fair on June 16, in which she managed to both blame white women for enabling the racist American caste system and called for the advancing real change for equality by standing with the will of the mob, wherever that may lead. She writes, “We also have to understand that despite our best intentions, there is nothing we can do or say that will bridge the chasm between a concerned white person’s experience and that of a Black person. We can’t be spokespeople, but we can be allies.”

Ms. Palmieri pulls off a neat trick: she proves her commitment to Big Racism by writing the equivalent to House Democrats’ knee bending photo-op in the Capitol. But she also inserts a reminder that women are still suffering under a system of oppression that is inherently American. It’s a call-to-arms for all the #MeToo marchers they have a new hobby in which to express themselves. And what makes it so appealing to them is they can self-soothe their privilege guilt by lending themselves to the destruction of a nation that has provided the most opportunity for oppressed people in the world.

These women don’t have to worry themselves with the problems of the communities a few blocks away. They can shout obscenities at the police who would be the first to answer her call if a kid was hit by a car riding his bike. They think themselves (S)heroes because they show up to topple a monument to actual American heroes – emancipators like Abraham Lincoln and Colonel Hans Christian Heg. They only know destruction, never creation. It takes no courage to be part of a mob hell-bent on toppling anything created to honor our history, only self-righteous anger.

My husband and I have been making weekly trips to the pet food shelf in Minneapolis. We make a point to drive down East Lake Street or Chicago Avenue to see any progress after the violent riots. There’s not much left to see but graffiti, boarded storefronts, and burned-out cars and buildings. The Fifth Precinct Police building looks like a military checkpoint – surrounded by cinderblock walls, layers of fencing, and barbed wire-topped by enormous mobile floodlights. We don’t see many white women out there shouting and marching for the recent rash of shootings – mostly of young black people, including Tuesday’s fatal shooting and nine people shot the day before in three separate incidents in north Minneapolis and 12 shot over the past weekend. The community is left trying to keep afloat in a sinking city. Where are all those people who were quick to bail out the very rioters complicit in the violence? It’s heartbreaking to hear the pleas of people like Lisa Clemons of the community group A Mother’s Love, who wants to work with police to curb the violence, not disband them.

But Ms. Clemons’ story is a mere inconvenience when one has been brainwashed by an education system teaching the false narrative of America as the Great Oppressor. It’s no surprise when she grows up looking to topple anything associated with a racist, misogynistic history. The woke women hitch their wagons to Racism, Inc. because they self-victimize around the general suffering under a history of which they have no personal interaction, yet they react to it as the most personal tragic experience. Women have it better in America today than any other time or place in history, yet feminists act as though the suffrage movement is at once their present station and their personal wound. Consequently, they feel they’re owed a right to both victimhood restitution and placement on a pedestal of unassailable indemnity.

For them, the only thing left to do is burn down the whole system. But if that is allowed, if our city and state leaders let one monument after another topple, there won’t be any objective history remaining. America sits squarely with its original sin. We have taken steps towards the ideal of equality and opportunity-for-all that our Founders envisioned but didn’t attain in their lifetimes. We provide space for peaceful protest and a loyalty to free expression almost to a fault. But for the mindless mob, commonsense is not a common virtue. When we have professors like Sarah Parcak lending their pitchforks through explicit instruction we can expect more of the same until the next outrage captures their attention, or there’s just nothing left to burn.

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  1. JennaStocker Member
    JennaStocker

    Here’s a few pictures from Lake Street over the past couple weeks.

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    • June 24, 2020, at 7:55 AM PDT
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  2. Jon1979 Lincoln

    My guess is if Ms. Palmieri still lives in Washington and is not in the immediate walking distance of the Capitol Hill area, she’s not a resident of the NE, SE or the SW quadrants. It’s really the same deal as 40-50 years ago, when most of the the urban activist white women lived in areas that, if not specifically walled off from the worst outcomes of their calls for action, were far enough away that they never had to see the results of their actions close-up, or endure the lower quality-of-life those actions created.

    It was the ever-increasing problems the policies of the 1960s and 70s had created by the end of the 1980s that meant the consequences were finally starting to creep into areas like the NW quadrant of D.C. or the Upper West Side of Manhattan that suddenly made championing those policies far less chic for the activist progressive women with too much time on their hands. Cities started reforming once it was their personal quality of life (and those of their progressive upper middle class male counterparts) that started being negatively impacted.

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  3. Hoyacon Member

    The recent NYT/Sienna College poll shows Trump trailing Biden among white women with college degrees by 39 points.

    Exit polls in 2016 showed Trump trailed HRC by seven points in the same demographic.

    Question the validity of polls all you want, but this type of margin indicates where to look if we end up with President Biden.

     

     

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  4. David Foster Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    The recent NYT/Sienna College poll shows Trump trailing Biden among white women with college degrees by 39 points.

    Dr David Yeagley, who I quoted in my Bad Eagle’s Question post, also cited a Cheyenne saying: “A nation is never conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.”

    Searching online, I found an extended version of the saying, which goes:

    A Nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is finished, no matter how brave its warriors or how strong its weapons

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    • June 24, 2020, at 8:33 AM PDT
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  5. JennaStocker Member
    JennaStocker

    David Foster (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    The recent NYT/Sienna College poll shows Trump trailing Biden among white women with college degrees by 39 points.

    Dr David Yeagley, who I quoted in my Bad Eagle’s Question post, also cited a Cheyenne saying: “A nation is never conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.”

    Searching online, I found an extended version of the saying, which goes:

    A Nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is finished, no matter how brave its warriors or how strong its weapons

    I’ve often thought conservative women cede ground to our liberal counterparts just by the fact we don’t wail and cry at every opportunity to claim victim status. We’re too busy trying to raise families and work. Maybe it’s time to raise up a new framework in the Phyllis Schafly model?

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    • June 24, 2020, at 9:03 AM PDT
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  6. Hoyacon Member

    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    David Foster (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    The recent NYT/Sienna College poll shows Trump trailing Biden among white women with college degrees by 39 points.

    Dr David Yeagley, who I quoted in my Bad Eagle’s Question post, also cited a Cheyenne saying: “A nation is never conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.”

    Searching online, I found an extended version of the saying, which goes:

    A Nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is finished, no matter how brave its warriors or how strong its weapons

    I’ve often thought conservative women cede ground to our liberal counterparts just by the fact we don’t wail and cry at every opportunity to claim victim status. We’re too busy trying to raise families and work. Maybe it’s time to raise up a new framework in the Phyllis Schafly model?

    I agree. I think it’s a problem for the entire conservative movement. Both women and men have better things to do than agitate. The Tea Party was one blip on the radar screen. There should be others, but I can’t blame those who prioritize family.

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    • June 24, 2020, at 9:08 AM PDT
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  7. JennaStocker Member
    JennaStocker

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    David Foster (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    The recent NYT/Sienna College poll shows Trump trailing Biden among white women with college degrees by 39 points.

    Dr David Yeagley, who I quoted in my Bad Eagle’s Question post, also cited a Cheyenne saying: “A nation is never conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.”

    Searching online, I found an extended version of the saying, which goes:

    A Nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is finished, no matter how brave its warriors or how strong its weapons

    I’ve often thought conservative women cede ground to our liberal counterparts just by the fact we don’t wail and cry at every opportunity to claim victim status. We’re too busy trying to raise families and work. Maybe it’s time to raise up a new framework in the Phyllis Schafly model?

    I agree. I think it’s a problem for the entire conservative movement. Both women and men have better things to do than agitate. The Tea Party was one blip on the radar screen. There should be others, but I can’t blame those who prioritize family.

    I think this is what the left counts on. They know we won’t be a violent, dangerous mob so there’s no pushback. Further, the media gives these miscreants cover, categorizing them as ‘protests’ for a ‘just’ cause 🙄

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  8. Hoyacon Member

    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    David Foster (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    The recent NYT/Sienna College poll shows Trump trailing Biden among white women with college degrees by 39 points.

    Dr David Yeagley, who I quoted in my Bad Eagle’s Question post, also cited a Cheyenne saying: “A nation is never conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.”

    Searching online, I found an extended version of the saying, which goes:

    A Nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is finished, no matter how brave its warriors or how strong its weapons

    I’ve often thought conservative women cede ground to our liberal counterparts just by the fact we don’t wail and cry at every opportunity to claim victim status. We’re too busy trying to raise families and work. Maybe it’s time to raise up a new framework in the Phyllis Schafly model?

    I agree. I think it’s a problem for the entire conservative movement. Both women and men have better things to do than agitate. The Tea Party was one blip on the radar screen. There should be others, but I can’t blame those who prioritize family.

    I think this is what the left counts on. They know we won’t be a violent, dangerous mob so there’s no pushback. Further, the media gives these miscreants cover, categorizing them as ‘protests’ for a ‘just’ cause 🙄

    There’s quite a contrast with how the Tea Party was covered. And that was when the media was only relatively insane, as opposed to completely insane.

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  9. JennaStocker Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    David Foster (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    The recent NYT/Sienna College poll shows Trump trailing Biden among white women with college degrees by 39 points.

    Dr David Yeagley, who I quoted in my Bad Eagle’s Question post, also cited a Cheyenne saying: “A nation is never conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.”

    Searching online, I found an extended version of the saying, which goes:

    A Nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is finished, no matter how brave its warriors or how strong its weapons

    I’ve often thought conservative women cede ground to our liberal counterparts just by the fact we don’t wail and cry at every opportunity to claim victim status. We’re too busy trying to raise families and work. Maybe it’s time to raise up a new framework in the Phyllis Schafly model?

    I agree. I think it’s a problem for the entire conservative movement. Both women and men have better things to do than agitate. The Tea Party was one blip on the radar screen. There should be others, but I can’t blame those who prioritize family.

    I think this is what the left counts on. They know we won’t be a violent, dangerous mob so there’s no pushback. Further, the media gives these miscreants cover, categorizing them as ‘protests’ for a ‘just’ cause 🙄

    There’s quite a contrast with how the Tea Party was covered. And that was when the media was only relatively insane, as opposed to completely insane.

    Pro life groups also get the villain treatment in the media. And I think “completely insane” might be an understatement!

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    • June 24, 2020, at 9:23 AM PDT
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  10. MarciN Member

    These are people who are living on the Internet. Any story or discussion that revolves around the Americans-are-racists themes are drawing clicks and views. It seems counterintuitive to say this, but the fact that the movies or books or Internet pages that revolve around that theme are huge moneymakers tells me everything I need to know about how racist we really are not. :-) No other topic is a guaranteed profit center. People love hearing about how bad others are and how superior they are to those others.

    The media being consumed right now is emotionally charged, and it is raising the heat on this issue.

    The media struggles in a highly competitive market environment. People who work in it love it because it is such pleasant and easy work. No other humans involved. I can sit at home and make money just by watching the light move in the computer monitor. I’m entertained constantly. So there are a lot of people engaged in this “work” right now, and they are making money promoting this notion that Americans-are-racist.

    It is a weird time. Everything we see with our own eyes tells us that it’s not true. Every single state has its own origin story of immigrants and races congregating in it from all over the world. Boston, for example, hosted a thriving community of people who arrived as part of the wave of Cambodian boat people and went on to build a town within a town. In every state and city, we see immigrant neighborhoods housing people of every color and shape. Once people from some place began to arrive, others followed, and little communities sprang up like pop-up stores, re-creating the countries they came from. Every single state in our country has a similar growth arc.

    I read somewhere that Americans love food and especially new and different foods and that immigrants endeared themselves to America through introducing their foods. And the immigrants enjoyed producing their ethnic foods here because our free markets actually produced pretty good equipment and ingredients. So the iterations necessary to reproduce regional cuisines were available and actually positive.

    The great tragedy of the time we live in is that we are not handling the 24-hour immersion of our attention in the modern media. We are losing our perspective that we have had historically by being with real people in real places. And the “lockdown” has accentuated this effect wildly. These riots are an Internet disease and a side effect of so many people being made emotionally sick from living on the Internet these past two months.

    That’s what I think anyway. :-)

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  11. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    David Foster (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    The recent NYT/Sienna College poll shows Trump trailing Biden among white women with college degrees by 39 points.

    Dr David Yeagley, who I quoted in my Bad Eagle’s Question post, also cited a Cheyenne saying: “A nation is never conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.”

    Searching online, I found an extended version of the saying, which goes:

    A Nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is finished, no matter how brave its warriors or how strong its weapons

    That seems incorrect to me, and bordering on silly. A nation is conquered when the men are defeated. The women are the spoils, frankly. It’s not pleasant, but that’s the historic reality.

    I think that the reason people don’t realize this is that the men of Christendom have done such a good job protecting the women, that the women — and many of the men — have forgotten what it’s like to face actual barbarians. It seems to me that this is beyond their comprehension.

    Looking to primitive, stone-age, tribal people for wisdom does not seem like a good idea to me. I don’t claim that they are always wrong, but there is little chance that they will have some insight that has not already been considered by a far older and more sophisticated civilization.

    Do you know who taught this “noble savage” idea? Rousseau, that’s who. Right before the guillotines came out.

    I tend to view Rousseau as the Godfather of all of this Leftist nonsense. In fairness, I haven’t bothered to learn much about Voltaire.

    My dad would probably be a bit upset at me for these views, as he was a big fan of Chief Joseph. But then, Chief Joseph is best known for yielding to the inevitable, with some dignity.

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  12. Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw Member

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    That seems incorrect to me, and bordering on silly. A nation is conquered when the men are defeated. The women are the spoils, frankly. It’s not pleasant, but that’s the historic reality.

    I’m not sure about that. Somewhere else earlier was reading about the Spartans (or maybe Romans) whose women would tell the soldiers “come back with your shield, or on it.” 

    Sure, the burden may fall primarily on the men, but I think that it also requires something to be fighting for. 

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  13. JennaStocker Member
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    Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw (View Comment):
    “come back with your shield, or on it.” 

    Brutal, but fair…

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  14. Stad Thatcher

    JennaStocker: if our city and state leaders let one monument after another topple, there won’t be any objective history remaining.

    And it starts with statues of Confederate figures – heros to some, villains to others. However, we must preserve all of our history so we can learn from it. Otherwise, we’ll have no history, and leftists will fill it with garbage like The 1619 Project . . .

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    • June 28, 2020, at 6:12 AM PDT
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  15. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    MarciN (View Comment):

    These are people who are living on the Internet. Any story or discussion that revolves around the Americans-are-racists themes are drawing clicks and views. It seems counterintuitive to say this, but the fact that the movies or books or Internet pages that revolve around that theme are huge moneymakers tells me everything I need to know about how racist we really are not. :-) No other topic is a guaranteed profit center. People love hearing about how bad others are and how superior they are to those others.

    The media being consumed right now is emotionally charged, and it is raising the heat on this issue.

    The media struggles in a highly competitive market environment. People who work in it love it because it is such pleasant and easy work. No other humans involved. I can sit at home and make money just by watching the light move in the computer monitor. I’m entertained constantly. So there are a lot of people engaged in this “work” right now, and they are making money promoting this notion that Americans-are-racist.

    It is a weird time. Everything we see with our own eyes tells us that it’s not true. Every single state has its own origin story of immigrants and races congregating in it from all over the world. Boston, for example, hosted a thriving community of people who arrived as part of the wave of Cambodian boat people and went on to build a town within a town. In every state and city, we see immigrant neighborhoods housing people of every color and shape. Once people from some place began to arrive, others followed, and little communities sprang up like pop-up stores, re-creating the countries they came from. Every single state in our country has a similar growth arc.

    I read somewhere that Americans love food and especially new and different foods and that immigrants endeared themselves to America through introducing their foods. And the immigrants enjoyed producing their ethnic foods here because our free markets actually produced pretty good equipment and ingredients. So the iterations necessary to reproduce regional cuisines were available and actually positive.

    The great tragedy of the time we live in is that we are not handling the 24-hour immersion of our attention in the modern media. We are losing our perspective that we have had historically by being with real people in real places. And the “lockdown” has accentuated this effect wildly. These riots are an Internet disease and a side effect of so many people being made emotionally sick from living on the Internet these past two months.

    That’s what I think anyway. :-)

    This is very important and very true. The Malaysian airliner disappearing kept CNN going for months. This has replaced it. The notion that women are oppressed is delusional but common. It’s one reason why young men are not interested in marriage.

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    • June 28, 2020, at 6:55 AM PDT
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  16. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    David Foster (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    The recent NYT/Sienna College poll shows Trump trailing Biden among white women with college degrees by 39 points.

    Dr David Yeagley, who I quoted in my Bad Eagle’s Question post, also cited a Cheyenne saying: “A nation is never conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.”

    Searching online, I found an extended version of the saying, which goes:

    A Nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is finished, no matter how brave its warriors or how strong its weapons

    That seems incorrect to me, and bordering on silly. A nation is conquered when the men are defeated. The women are the spoils, frankly. It’s not pleasant, but that’s the historic reality.

    I think that the reason people don’t realize this is that the men of Christendom have done such a good job protecting the women, that the women — and many of the men — have forgotten what it’s like to face actual barbarians. It seems to me that this is beyond their comprehension.

    Looking to primitive, stone-age, tribal people for wisdom does not seem like a good idea to me. I don’t claim that they are always wrong, but there is little chance that they will have some insight that has not already been considered by a far older and more sophisticated civilization.

    Do you know who taught this “noble savage” idea? Rousseau, that’s who. Right before the guillotines came out.

    I tend to view Rousseau as the Godfather of all of this Leftist nonsense. In fairness, I haven’t bothered to learn much about Voltaire.

    My dad would probably be a bit upset at me for these views, as he was a big fan of Chief Joseph. But then, Chief Joseph is best known for yielding to the inevitable, with some dignity.

    Young white women can scream at policemen from 6 inches away because they know they are safe. Tear down civilization and see what it is like.

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  17. Stad Thatcher

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    Looking to primitive, stone-age, tribal people for wisdom does not seem like a good idea to me.

    Unless it’s something useful like, “At sundown, the lions drink from the river. That’s the time to stay away.”

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    • June 28, 2020, at 7:02 AM PDT
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  18. Kervinlee Member
    Kervinlee Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Q: What’s the difference between a woke liberal woman and a terrorist?

    A: You can negotiate with a terrorist.

     

     

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  19. David Foster Member
    David Foster Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    That seems incorrect to me, and bordering on silly. A nation is conquered when the men are defeated. The women are the spoils, frankly. It’s not pleasant, but that’s the historic reality.

    You don’t think that the attitude of the women has some impact on the willingness of the men to fight?

    Or, conversely, that the perceived likelihood of victory vs defeat isn’t reflected in the attitudes of a fair number of women?

    In case it wasn’t clear, Dr Yeagley was by no means a liberal or a Rousseau-ian romantic.

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  20. OldDanRhody's speakeasy Member

    JennaStocker: The women we see lashing out at police in front of the White House, at the base of historical monuments, and in the streets next to violent rioters are the older version of their college-age models. Perhaps they majored in Women’s Studies. They attended all the office hours of radical professors who had shrines to Margaret Sanger. Maybe they even went to a Gender Conference to soak up feminist-inclusive wisdom from Gloria Steinem. Now they are soaked in the poisonous lie that they live as oppressed victims of the white patriarchy. And as any good self-indulgent narcissist would act, they took a cause for justice after the murder of George Floyd and turned it into a chance to be the rebellious ‘bad girl’ they cosplayed in college.

    I think you’re on to something here…

    From Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer, Part 2 (The Potential Converts), Section 41 (The Bored):

    …In almost all the descriptions of the periods preceding the rise of mass movements there is reference to vast ennui; and in their earliest stages mass movements are more likely to find sympathizers and support among the bored than among the exploited and oppressed.

    …The boredom of spinsters and of women who can no longer find joy and fulfillment in marriage stems from an awareness of a barren, spoiled life. By embracing a holy cause and dedicating their energies and substance to its advancement, they find a new life full of purpose and meaning. Hitler made full use of “the society ladies thirsting for adventure, sick of their empty lives, no longer getting a ‘kick’ out of love affairs.” He was financed by the wives of some of the great industrialists long before their husbands had heard of him.

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  21. Vince Guerra Member

    Very well written. Thank you. 

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    • June 28, 2020, at 10:18 AM PDT
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  22. Flicker Coolidge

    OldDanRhody's speakeasy (View Comment):

    From Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer, Part 2 (The Potential Converts), Section 41 (The Bored):

    …In almost all the descriptions of the periods preceding the rise of mass movements there is reference to vast ennui; and in their earliest stages mass movements are more likely to find sympathizers and support among the bored than among the exploited and oppressed.

    …The boredom of spinsters and of women who can no longer find joy and fulfillment in marriage stems from an awareness of a barren, spoiled life. By embracing a holy cause and dedicating there energies and substance to its advancement, they find a new life full of purpose and meaning. Hitler made full use of “the society ladies thirsting for adventure, sick of their empty lives, no longer getting a ‘kick’ out of love affairs.” He was financed by the wives of some of the great industrialists long before their husbands had heard of him.

    Thanks, I had to copy that quote.

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  23. OldDanRhody's speakeasy Member

    Flicker (View Comment):
    Thanks, I had to copy that quote.

    In that case, you’d better correct the spelling of “their” in the last paragraph.

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  24. Flicker Coolidge

    OldDanRhody's speakeasy (View Comment):
    there

    Thnaks, but how compulsicve do you think I am?

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  25. David Foster Member
    David Foster Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    OldDanRhody's speakeasy (View Comment):

    From Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer, Part 2 (The Potential Converts), Section 41 (The Bored):

    …In almost all the descriptions of the periods preceding the rise of mass movements there is reference to vast ennui; and in their earliest stages mass movements are more likely to find sympathizers and support among the bored than among the exploited and oppressed.

    …The boredom of spinsters and of women who can no longer find joy and fulfillment in marriage stems from an awareness of a barren, spoiled life. By embracing a holy cause and dedicating their energies and substance to its advancement, they find a new life full of purpose and meaning. Hitler made full use of “the society ladies thirsting for adventure, sick of their empty lives, no longer getting a ‘kick’ out of love affairs.” He was financed by the wives of some of the great industrialists long before their husbands had heard of him.

    I just finished reading a book by a woman who was a very committed Nazi, an attempt to explain her motivations. She was by no means the wife or daughter of a great industrialist; her parents were middle class, conservative, and (in the case of her mother) more than a little snobbish. But her motivations, at least as told by herself, were mainly about a search for meaning in her life…including throwing herself into Nazi work after a traumatic breakup with a boyfriend when she was 17.

    An important book, but not fun to read. It was not surprising the learn that after the war and finally breaking with Naziism (which took her a long time) she became a follower of some Indian Guru.

    The book is ‘Account Rendered’, by Melita Maschmann…IIRC, I heard of it from someone at Ricochet.

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  26. Nerina Bellinger Member

    Jenna, I follow only a few members’ postings on Ricochet, but I am adding you to my list. Thanks for a well-written and compelling post.

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  27. David Foster Member
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    Predictably, one of the reader reviews of Melita Maschmann’s book at Amazon said: “n the age of Trump her story should be considered as a warning to Americans about the direction our country is headed. ” This was from 2017. I wonder if she (the reviewed) has noticed since then the Brownshirt behavior on the ‘progressive’ Left…somehow, I doubt it.

     

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  28. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    David Foster (View Comment):

    Predictably, one of the reader reviews of Melita Maschmann’s book at Amazon said: “n the age of Trump her story should be considered as a warning to Americans about the direction our country is headed. ” This was from 2017. I wonder if she (the reviewed) has noticed since then the Brownshirt behavior on the ‘progressive’ Left…somehow, I doubt it.

     

    There is an awful lot of projection going on now.

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  29. JennaStocker Member
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    Nerina Bellinger (View Comment):

    Jenna, I follow only a few members’ postings on Ricochet, but I am adding you to my list. Thanks for a well-written and compelling post.

    Thank you so much. I’m very humbled. 

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  30. kedavis Member

    David Foster (View Comment):

    OldDanRhody’s speakeasy (View Comment):

    From Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer, Part 2 (The Potential Converts), Section 41 (The Bored):

    …In almost all the descriptions of the periods preceding the rise of mass movements there is reference to vast ennui; and in their earliest stages mass movements are more likely to find sympathizers and support among the bored than among the exploited and oppressed.

    …The boredom of spinsters and of women who can no longer find joy and fulfillment in marriage stems from an awareness of a barren, spoiled life. By embracing a holy cause and dedicating their energies and substance to its advancement, they find a new life full of purpose and meaning. Hitler made full use of “the society ladies thirsting for adventure, sick of their empty lives, no longer getting a ‘kick’ out of love affairs.” He was financed by the wives of some of the great industrialists long before their husbands had heard of him.

    I just finished reading a book by a woman who was a very committed Nazi, an attempt to explain her motivations. She was by no means the wife or daughter of a great industrialist; her parents were middle class, conservative, and (in the case of her mother) more than a little snobbish. But her motivations, at least as told by herself, were mainly about a search for meaning in her life…including throwing herself into Nazi work after a traumatic breakup with a boyfriend when she was 17.

    An important book, but not fun to read. It was not surprising the learn that after the war and finally breaking with Naziism (which took her a long time) she became a follower of some Indian Guru.

    The book is ‘Account Rendered’, by Melita Maschmann…IIRC, I heard of it from someone at Ricochet.

    Also well told in the “Quickie Nirvana” episode of “The Rockford Files.” :-)

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